You’ve probably seen a similar joke before:
Ha, ha. But for many of my students English texting (or net lingo) is like learning another English language. It can be very frustrating for them.
One reason it’s hard for English learners to understand text speak is that words are abbreviated and shortened. Plus there are a lot of slang and idioms in text speak.
But text lingo is everywhere, especially because of mobile phone messaging, internet commenting, chatting and Twitter. I bet you even use text lingo in your own language!
So how can you learn English text lingo? Here are two important things to know: Continue reading
Text lingo = text speak = net lingo
No matter what you call it, it’s in emails, text messages, Tweets, online chatting… everywhere. The there are two main ways people write in text speak:
#1. Typing in shorthand: Abbreviations (Acronyms and Initialisms)
You can abbreviate phrases and expressions by using the FIRST letter of each word. These are often written in CAPITAL letters. All of these are abbreviations, which means that the word has been shortened. Continue reading
As I mentioned in another post, there are many shorthand terms that are slang so it’s good to look up the words in one of the online text lingo dictionaries (they are listed on the other post, click the link for more information).
A lot of the text speak slang is not shorter than regular words. This is different than what regular text speak normally does. Really, people are trying to be cool when they’re using text speak slang — or I should say kewl not cool…. now do you understand what I mean?
Here a few examples: Continue reading
Earlier this week I did a vocabulary lesson based on a girl doing animal impressions. She was amazing…but after watching “Einstein” the parrot’s animal impressions I have to say, that girl’s got nothing on this parrot!
What’s “got nothing on someone” mean?
The expression “got nothing on someone” (or “have nothing on someone”) is used to compare different people and their qualities, skills, etc.
The person that’s “got nothing” is the thing that is less in comparison to the other person(s). Continue reading